The days of the dune-and-buggy horse rides are long gone, replaced by horse-based logos of Mustangs and Ferraris. Indeed, America is a nation of car lovers, and cars themselves have evolves since the Model T and primitive knucklehead engines. Our love affairs with highways and road trips notwithstanding, being a... car owner comes with the burden of occasional automotive breakdowns. That is where automobile mechanics come in. They have highly specific knowledge that enables them to repair large and small car issues in a matter of days. You might steer your career down the right road if you earn an accredited certificate in automotive repair or mechanics.
While some self-taught mechanics manage to establish satisfying and high-paying careers, simply from a lifetime of tinkering under the hood, most newcomers need to complete relevant studies. The increasingly competitive and complex automotive market means there's more to learn and more employers looking for workers who have completed recognized programs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, automotive mechanic career opportunities may be best* for those who complete post-secondary automotive training programs.
As an automotive repair student you may wish to concentrate on a specific area — like motorcycle repair. If you're new to the field, you may prefer an online career diploma designed for aspiring auto repair technicians. Despite the online platform, accredited schools may help you gain hands-on practice and complete virtual simulations of both diagnostic and repair procedures. This enables students to get up close and personal with different car systems, namely: electrical, fuel, exhaust, braking, and transmission.
The urge to reduce our carbon footprint is also leading to engines with higher fuel economy. Also, today's cars come with a lot of advanced technology which may translate into more opportunities for automotive professionals who have specialized knowledge in newer makes or models — such as those with hybrid-fuel technology. That is why some automotive and mechanics curriculum also include exciting topics like electrical systems as well as the computerized engine controls. Other program specializations might include motorcycle repair, diesel engines, HVAC transmissions, and more.
* The preceding information was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) online resource, "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition," available at: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos181.htm#outlook
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